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City Center Partnership

Programs & Initiatives

The City Center Partnership (CCP) works to implement the City Center Renaissance Plan and uphold a vibrant City Center through programs and initiatives that help attract increased investment, customers, employees and residents. A key partner in these undertakings are our volunteer committees. Our standing committees that undertake the majority of projects are:

Aesthetics & Livability  |  Learn More
Business Development & Retention  |  Learn More
CityArt  |  Learn More
Marketing & Promotions  |  Learn More
Advocacy  |  Learn More


CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour
City Art is an exciting exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round in the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato. Artists place their sculptures in the program for one year. The sculptures are promoted to the public for sale or lease. Artists are eligible to win cash awards.  The sculpture voted People’s Choice is purchased by the City Center Partnership for permanent installation in the City Center.

CityArt On the Go
CityArt On the Go is a public art exhibit on traffic signal box where pedestrians and drivers in the City Center enjoy various colorful murals, turning infrastructure into art.

Marketing & Promotions

City Center Guide
Each year, the City Center Partnership produces the City Center Guide, which informs residents and visitors of opportunities to enjoy the City Center’s assets.

SnowKato Days
SnowKato Days is a 10-day winter festival packed with festivities featuring activities for all ages and interests. This new annual event is scheduled for January 17-26 and is a call to action for those who are up for bold, crazy winter fun in January

Alive After 5
Alive After 5 is a late summer family-friendly free concert series in the Civic Center Plaza. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy food, drinks and great live music. High-caliber music acts give a great show, with different musical genres represented throughout the series.

Hockey Night in the City Center 
This annual kickoff to the Minnesota State, Mankato Hockey Season with live music, food and drinks and is a collaborative effort between MSU Athletics and the City Center Partnership.

Shop Small
This is one of the most highly-anticipated shopping events of the year, as hundreds of shoppers visit the City Center to spend their money at small businesses, purchasing gifts, food and other goods.  Each year, the City Center Partnership produces a Passport that lists all participating businesses.

Additional Marketing & Promotions Initiatives
Marketing & Promotions works to increase visitors and attract customers by promoting City Center Mankato as an unique and interesting designation–helping both the businesses of the City Center and the region as a whole.


Front Street Connectivity Plan
The Front Street Connectivity Plan was the result of a multi-year planning and community engagement process of the City Center Partnership and in collaboration with the City of Mankato. The result is a detailed implementation plan that expands a key initiative of the community visioning document, the City Center Renaissance Plan. Learn More

Open Space & Tactical Urbanism Plan
The Open Space & Tactical Urbanism Plan is an initiative of the City Center Partnership and seeks to assess the attributes of your City Center public spaces and seek appropriate programing for those spaces. The goal is to activate the public realm and enhance the vibrancy of our City Center. The development of this plan is currently in progress.

Post Office Reuse Community Input Report
The Post Office Reuse Community Input Report is expediently gathering public input on potential reuses for the historic post office and federal courthouse upon notice of its imminent sale. To best position any redevelopment of this civic and architectural community asset the City Center Partnership gathered a taskforce of concerned citizens and engaged in a public dialogue to form a broad consensus that could direct any reuse toward a best community. Learn More

Arts & Historic District Community Dialogue & Plan
The Arts & Historic District Dialogue is a community initiative coordinated by the City Center Partnership to assess how we might proactively cultivate our Arts & Historic District into an authentic and sustainable top five arts and cultural district in the Upper Midwest.

Minnesota Valley Passenger Rail Line
The Minnesota Valley Line is a proposed 84 mile long standard (79 mph) passenger rail line between the Twin Cities and Mankato with the preferred route including a “Y” shaped route connecting both Minneapolis and St Paul. Part of a larger corridor between Minneapolis/St Paul, Mankato, Worthington and Sioux City, IA; the Minneapolis/St Paul to Mankato section is one of only five Phase I passenger rail lines in the state. This line will accommodate four train sets per day and is the most cost effective route to build out of the five routes.

2018 Year in Review

2018 was a great year for Livability in the City Center. We secured a creative placemaking grant through the INFUSE Artists on Main Street Program, unveiled the 8th annual Walking Sculpture Tour with 27 new sculptures, had 49 businesses participate in the Shop Small in the City Center passport promotion (which brought hundreds of shoppers downtown) and so much more! Learn More